Top Ten Tuesday: Most Intimidating Books

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This week's topic:

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
(might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won't etc)
1. The Casual Vacancy This book hasn't gotten a lot of positive feedback. At least that I've been exposed to. I've heard it's boring, especially the beginning, with a lot of characters and it can get confusing. I haven't heard/read about anyone loving this book. It's just too big to be boring.
2. A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast for CrowsI actually bought this box set recently. Game of Thrones is my favorite T.V. show. It's incredible! I have to read the books. I'm putting them off mostly because of the size and the amount of time I know I will have to invest in them. They are beasts! Also, this is one of those rare times that I don't want to know what happens before I see it on TV. So I can only read up until a certain point without getting spoiled and then who the hell knows when the author will release the next book. But I plan on reading the first 2 some time this year.
3. Delirium (Delirium, #1) So.Much.Hype.  One of the most hyped up books ever. I see it everywhere, hear about it everywhere. I've had it on my shelf for like 2 years. I just can't bring myself to read it. I don't want to be disappointed!
4.  The Great GatsbyThis one is so little but it still intimidates the hell out of me. Why? Because I hate classics and I came up with this great idea to make myself read 5 classics this year because I keep thinking that maybe I'm missing something great when in reality I just think I'm too dumb to absorb the old school dialogue and wordiness and boringness that classics represent to me. I have picked this classic in particular up like 10 times to start, and then I put it back down again. I don't like to have to think but so much when I read books.
5. The Hobbit & The Lord of the RingsI love The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. The books scare me because I just don't think I'm going to like them.  And not because of the content but because of the writing style.  I don't like draggy books. I've heard parts of these books are draggy. But sooooo many people LOVE them.  Maybe I'll start with The Hobbit..
6. The Millennium Trilogy I loved the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I've heard that the book is different in a lot of ways. And I'm not sure this is one of those times where I will think the book is better than the movie. I do own this series, I just haven't been able to start it yet.

As a whole, I'm not intimidated easily by books. These are the only ones I can think of that I keep intentionally straying away from.

Made your own list? I'd love to see it, just leave your link in the comments :)

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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE Game of Thrones - definitely worth it!

  2. Oh wow. All so intimidating! All of these are intimidating to me as well but they didn't make it onto my list (though I thought about putting several of them there). I have read The Great Gatsby though, and while I was intimidated by it at first, it really wasn't that difficult. You should give it a try! Also, Delirium is really good. You should give it a try as well! I will say that I liked Pandemonium better, but that's just my opinion.

    Happy Reading!

  3. Delirium took me a while to read, but I really enjoyed it once I did. The Great Gatsby is one that I forgot to add to my list, it does intimidate me as well. Though I'm sure it would be a good read.

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  4. Great list!! I also have The girl with the dragon tattoo on my list. I want to read it, but it just looks so thick and confusing.
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  5. Great list, and reasons! I think nearly all "classics" intimidate me, and hype about books definitely gets to me. What if I'm disappointed? So far I've been lucky, but still.

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    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

  6. For the Lord of the Rings, start with the Hobbit. The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, even more so than the trilogy. I know a lot of people that enjoyed The Hobbit, but couldn't get through the trilogy.
    Good luck with your list.

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  7. I tried reading The Casual Vacancy and just couldn't make it through. I was going to try it again at another point, but I just can't even handle thinking about putting myself through that again.

  8. Great list and I've read most of them.
    I enjoyed The Casual Vacancy. Expect it to be nothing like HP. There are a lot of characters, but if you've read (and enjoyed) authors like Stephen King, I think there's a good chance you'll like this one.
    Also, definitely start with the Hobbit.

  9. Good list, I also had A song of Ice and Fire and Delirium are on my list as well.

  10. I actually genuinely LOVED The Casual Vacancy!! But I will admit that it was an extremely tough book to get into. Like, it took me the first fifth of the book or so (100 pages in) to really start to feel the story and ideally you shouldn't have to read so many pages to get into a book. But I'm glad I pushed through because it turned into an emotional and very powerful read. Very well written!